Switchboard operators are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, switchboard operators rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 12% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy switchboard operators are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Printing worker
2.8
$35k
Mail superintendent
2.7
$77k
Recruiter
2.7
$55k
Meter reader
2.7
$42k
Substance abuse social worker
2.7
$47k
Switchboard operator
2.7
$31k
Courier
2.7
$32k
Delivery service driver
2.6
$31k
Hazardous materials removal worker
2.6
$44k
Administrative assistant
2.6
$32k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are switchboard operators happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do switchboard operators find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as switchboard operators?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are switchboard operator’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are switchboard operators making the best use of their abilities?

Are switchboard operators happy with their salary?